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An expected first-round pick, Kuechly had a remarkable career at Boston College, recording 532 tackles over three seasons. He led the nation in tackles in 2011 with 191 and chose to forgo his senior season. The linebacker's draft stock only rose after the NFL combine, where he answered the few concerns about him with one of the top performances of the week. As his collegiate numbers showed, Kuechly has tremendous tackling ability, but most importantly, he does it with good technique and solid instincts. He reads the quarterback well when in pass coverage and has the ability to take down larger running backs, getting through space quickly. He also has experience playing in a variety of defensive schemes. Before the NFL combine there were questions about his size and speed, but he answered both while reassuring scouts about his impressive athleticism. He recorded a 40-yard dash time of 4.58 seconds - third among linebackers - while his 38.0-inch vertical jump was third as well. He also was a top performer in the broad jump, three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle. Kuechly does not have a lot of experience blitzing, but that may be the only complaint about a player who should be an immediate starter and could be an elite stalwart in the middle of an NFL defense for a long time.